Distracting a rooster from crowing?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Andora, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. Andora

    Andora Songster

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I have three roos who are just starting to crow, and I live in a suburb. My neighborhood doesn't have any rules, and neither does my town. The only trouble I could run into is if my roosters break a noise ordinance, and then I think I would get a warning before anything bad happened, hopefully.

    I know roosters naturally crow, and there's not much you can do to stop it if you want to have them free ranging in your yard with the flock, but is it possible to distract them?

    My big Brahma roo has just started crowing the past few days. (It seems like he won't let the other two crow, he pecks them when they try!?!) Whenever I hear him start up, I've been throwing scratch out at him and he stops right away. Is this a bad plan? I don't want to teach him to crow for treats, but when it's dead silent outside and all the entire neighborhood can hear is crowing I have to do something! The only kink in my plan is what might happen if he starts crowing his head off when we're not home. [​IMG]

    Does anyone else have experience with keeping roosters in a city? I plan to bribe my neighbors with eggs, but some neighbors I won't be able to get to, like the ones that are diagonal to my backyard on either side with privacy fences...

  2. Up-the-Creek

    Up-the-Creek Songster

    May 16, 2008
    West Virginia
    I don't think you will be able to keep roosters quiet,that is what they do. If the crowing will be a problem the best bet is to get rid of them.
  3. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    I was sitting here giggling at your post because my husband sits here and can't wait for Ricky, (our rooster) to start crowing! LOL Recently someone had free roosters on Craigslist and my husband attempted to get them. Thankfully someone else took them.

    He's like a kid at Christmas!

    I don't think there's any way for you to stop them though.

    Good luck

  4. racuda

    racuda Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    North Carolina
    Keep the one you like best and get rid of the other two. No competition = less crowing.

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